Skoda Fabia (2015-present)

One of the most spacious superminis around has VW build-quality but a lower price-tag

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Smart looks
Well equipped
Lots of room inside

Weaknesses 

Basic petrol engine very slow
Ford Fiesta still more fun to drive
Not as good value as previous generation
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Skoda Fabia Diesel Hatchback 1.4 tdi 105 monte carlo 5dr

Total RRP £18,700

Your quote £15,611

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With sharp, angular lines and a range of distinctive colours to choose from, the latest Skoda Fabia hatchback cuts a dash in the fiercely competitive supermini class. As always, its chief rivals are big-selling cars like the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza, KIA Rio, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio. It's tough competition but the Fabia is one of the picks of the bunch.

Its engine range is generally impressive (save for an underpowered 1.0-litre petrol) and standard equipment is decent on all models. One of this Fabia’s biggest calling cards, however, is the amount of space inside – more than you’d imagine when you first look at it.

Even with two six-footers in the front seats, adults can be comfortable in the back, thanks to tall, straight roofline that doesn’t excessively compromise headroom. Like every generation of Fabia, this car is five-door only, so you enjoy the extra practicality that bodystyle brings regardless of what model you buy.

At 330 litres, the Fabia has a bigger boot than not just the Ford Fiesta, but also the Ford Focus – a car from the class above. Dropping the 60:40 split-folding rear seats frees up 1,150 litres – useful for those weekend trips to IKEA or the gardening centre. There are also plenty of cleverly designed and decent-sized cubbyholes and boxes for occupants to store bits and bobs in.

A five-star Euro NCAP rating confirms the Fabia as a reassuringly safe car, while there’s plenty of standard safety kit such as ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back and a full set of airbags all round. In the SE version and above, you get an autonomous braking system that can stop the car before it crashes if you fail to react to an obstacle ahead.

Last Updated 

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 11:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
330 litres
Width: 
1,732mm
Length: 
3,992mm
Height: 
1,467mm
Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £20

Best Skoda Fabia for... 

Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI SE
It comes as no surprise that diesel is the way to go for the most efficient Fabia. You can get the 1.4-litre TDI engine with either 89 or 104bhp (the latter on hi-spec models only), but either way you’ll have an extremely frugal and road-tax-exempt car that’s capable of high 70s mpg – or even low 80s if you stick to smaller wheels.
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE
Although the diesel’s efficiency numbers are impressive, a petrol Fabia is cheaper and makes more sense for the mixture of short and long-distance driving typical of family motoring. SE specification includes all the essentials, like air-conditioning, DAB radio, an alarm and rear parking sensors.
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 105 Monte Carlo
Previous Skoda Fabias offered a high-performance ‘vRS’ model, but that’s not the case with the third-generation car. You can, however, go for the sporty-looking Monte Carlo version with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that gets it from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds.
Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 60 S
The 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine was first introduced in the smaller Skoda Citigo city car and it’s more suited to that pint-sized car. In the Fabia, it feels very strained and slow, with the less powerful 59bhp version struggling to 62mph from rest in torturous 15.7 seconds.

Skoda Fabia History 

October 2014: Prices and specs of third-generation Fabia announced for 2015.
August 2015: Range-topping Monte Carlo version added to line-up.

Understanding Skoda Fabia car names 

  • Fabia
  • Engine
    1.2 TSI 90
  • Trim
    Monte Carlo
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Engine
    The first part of Skoda Fabia model names is the size of the engine in litres (1.2 in this case). The following letters explain the type of engine it is: MPI for a standard petrol, TSI for more powerful and efficient turbo petrol engines and TDI for diesels, which are turbocharged too. The final number is the engine power given in horsepower.
  • Trim
    The trim level lets you know what standard equipment is fitted. The four-strong Fabia range comprises the basic S, good-value SE, luxurious SE L and sporty Monte Carlo versions.
  • Gearbox
    Certain versions of the TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines are available with Skoda’s automatic gearbox, called DSG, which indicates that it's a smooth twin-clutch system, which also allows you to change gear if you want.

Skoda Fabia Engines 

Engines: 1.0 MPI, 1.2 TSI (petrol); 1.4 TDI (diesel)

The Skoda Fabia engine range is pretty straightforward: two non-turbo petrols, two turbo petrols and two turbodiesels. If you want the DSG automatic gearbox, it’s only available with the more powerful of the two turbo petrols and the less powerful of the two diesels.

The 1.0-litre MPI non-turbo petrol is attractively cheap, but feels pretty lacklustre. The less powerful 59bhp version of this engine is offered only in entry-level S specification, but the slightly quicker 74bhp one can be fitted to any trim level. Either way, it makes the Fabia slow, quite noisy and no more efficient than with the livelier 1.2-litre petrol engines.

We think the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol is the pick of the range, particularly when paired with the good-value SE trim level. It offers adequate performance for everyday driving along with pretty good fuel economy for a petrol. Both the 89 and 108bhp versions of this engine are available in SE, SE L or Monte Carlo spec, but the more powerful one doesn’t feel hugely different, so it’s not really worth spending more for.

If you want a diesel Fabia, a 1.4-litre TDI is offered in two power outputs (although the stronger 104bhp version is only available on the pricey SE L and Monte Carlo trim). It’s not as responsive as the petrol around town, but it’s the better choice if you spend a lot of time on the motorway.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.0 MPI

Petrol

60.1 - 61.4mpg

59bhp

15.7s

99mph

1.0 MPI

Petrol

58.9 - 60.1mpg

74bhp

14.7s

107mph

1.2 TSI

Petrol

60.1 - 61.4mpg

89bhp

11.0s

113mph

1.2 TSI

Petrol

58.9 - 61.4mpg

108bhp

9.4s

122mph

1.4 TDI

Diesel

74.3 - 83.1mpg

89bhp

11.3s

113mph

1.4 TDI

Diesel

78.5 - 83.1mpg

104bhp

10.2s

120mph

Skoda Fabia Trims 

Trims: S, SE, SE L, Monte Carlo

Like the engine line-up, the range of Skoda Fabia trim levels – or versions – isn’t too bewildering, with just four options to choose from.

Starting things off is the bargain-basement Fabia S, which is perhaps better equipped than you’d expect an entry-level supermini to be. It has power-adjustable heated mirrors, electric front windows, digital radio and Bluetooth, plus extensive safety kit such as ISOFIX points, tyre-pressure monitoring and lots of airbags.

The S does have two major omissions (air-conditioning and alloy wheels) both of which are rectified on the Fabia SE. This version also sports a leather steering wheel (much nicer than the plastic in the S), parking sensors and Skoda’s ‘SmartLink’ smartphone connectivity system.

SE L adds front foglights and LED daytime running lights, as well as a central armrest, climate control, keyless entry, push-button start and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The sporty-looking Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo model tops the range and looks very distinctive thanks to its black alloy wheels, rear spoiler, panoramic sunroof, red interior trim and sports seats. But the car is no faster than than other versions, as it has the same engines.

Skoda Fabia Reliability and warranty 

As a brand, Skoda has long been a star performer in Auto Express magazine’s Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with its cars frequently ranked at or near the top of the charts in almost every area and its dealer customer service praised highly.

This generation of the Fabia was too new to feature in the most recent 2015 edition of the survey, but its predecessor only managed a fairly disappointing 127th for reliability and 143rd for build quality out of 200 cars looked at. However, more recently introduced models like the latest Skoda Citigo, Skoda Rapid and Skoda Octavia did much better, so we’d expect to third-generation Fabia to record a similar performance in the 2016 survey.

Warranty cover on the Skoda Fabia is the same as for any VW Group vehicle: three years and 60,000 miles. Not bad, but not as good as what you get on key rivals the Hyundai i20 (five years/unlimited miles) and Kia Rio (seven years/100,000 miles).

Used Skoda Fabia 

The Skoda Fabia is mechanically closely related to the Volkswagen Polo, but due to a perceived lack of badge prestige compared to VW, it doesn’t hold its value as well on the used market as its sister model. That’s very good news for bargain hunters who aren’t too bothered about image and just want to get themselves a spacious, well equipped and reliable car for a good price.

Indeed, a two-year-old Fabia for under £10,000 with a year’s factory warranty remaining looks like a very good used buy at the time of writing. The majority of cars on sale will be SEs, but you could well bag yourself a high-spec SE L for not too much more money and benefit from the extra kit it offers. The range-topping Fabia Monte Carlo was introduced nearly 12 months after the other trim levels, so availability won’t be as good here just yet.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Skoda Fabia deals or search for all new and used Skoda Fabia offers.

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1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 105 Monte Carlo

Price

£15,925

£14,739

£12,765

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4%

17%

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Best for families

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE

Price

£13,450

£12,412

£10,290

£9,190

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8%

23%

32%

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Best for economy

Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI SE

Price

£15,450

£14,311

£11,615

£10,375

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7%

25%

33%

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Skoda Fabia Prices

Skoda Fabia Colour Edition

1.0 mpi colour edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,462

You could save up to: £2723

1.0 tsi colour edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,131

You could save up to: £2784

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

1.0 tsi 110 monte carlo 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,910

You could save up to: £2940

1.0 tsi 110 monte carlo 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,829

You could save up to: £3021

1.0 tsi monte carlo 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,312

You could save up to: £2888

1.4 tdi 105 monte carlo 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,611

You could save up to: £3089

1.4 tdi monte carlo 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,040

You could save up to: £3040

Skoda Fabia Redline

1.0 tsi redline 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,147

You could save up to: £2873

Skoda Fabia S

1.0 mpi 60 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £8,896

You could save up to: £2499

1.0 mpi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £9,707

You could save up to: £2568

1.0 tsi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £10,376

You could save up to: £2629

1.4 tdi 75 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,814

You could save up to: £2756

Skoda Fabia S Plus

1.0 mpi 60 s plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £9,898

You could save up to: £622

Skoda Fabia SE

1.0 mpi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £10,966

You could save up to: £2679

1.0 tsi 110 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,232

You could save up to: £2793

1.0 tsi 110 se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £13,151

You could save up to: £2874

1.0 tsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,635

You could save up to: £2740

1.4 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 83.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,363

You could save up to: £2892

1.4 tdi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,282

You could save up to: £2973

Skoda Fabia SE L

1.0 mpi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,692

You could save up to: £2743

1.0 tsi 110 se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,958

You could save up to: £2857

1.0 tsi 110 se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £13,877

You could save up to: £2938

1.0 tsi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,361

You could save up to: £2804

1.4 tdi 105 se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 80.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,660

You could save up to: £3005

1.4 tdi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 83.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,089

You could save up to: £2956

1.4 tdi se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,008

You could save up to: £3037